Why We Love Our 4-Day Working Week
At UWM Accountants, we think it’s important that everyone who works with us loves their job. But we understand that working for a great company isn’t the be all and end all.
Our jobs are the vehicles that we use to create the life we want to live. As well as having a job you enjoy, it’s important to have the right work-life balance that allows you to make the most of life away from work.
With that in mind, we introduced a 4-day working week to give our employees more flexibility. Read on to discover why we chose this route and the positive impact it’s had.
Maintaining a work-life balance
Work life balance has always been important to the team at UWM. Over the years, we’ve taken several steps to continually improve the work-life balance of our team.
In 2011, we introduced flexible working hours, giving staff the freedom to work their hours at any time during a 12-hour window each day, subject to our busy core hours.
We then brought in “work from home days” for one day a week in 2015. This meant that our team could arrange physical meetings on in-office days and virtual meetings on work from home days, benefitting from the time and cost savings of cutting out the commute.
Introducing the 4 day work week
With requests for flexible working hours on the rise, we have since explored further ways to improve the work-life balance of our employees.
Having heard about other company successes with a 4 day work week, including Microsoft’s 40% jump in staff productivity, we decided to trial this approach in 2019.
After monitoring the impact on our team and clients, we agreed to make the change a permanent one. We now close the office on a Friday, giving our employees a 3 day weekend every week and creating a great feeling in the office – particularly on a Thursday!
No compromise on quality
Along the way, we’ve worked hard to ensure these changes wouldn’t adversely affect our clients and the experience they receive. But in truth, we didn’t need to worry.
Since the introduction of a 4-day working week, we’ve actually seen productivity increase. It’s confirmed our belief that happy staff are the best way to provide a great service for our clients.
If you want to find out more about how our happy, hardworking team can help you, don’t hesitate to get in touch.